Zagreb, May 13, 2020 - Instead of the postponed competition in June this year, Croatian basketball players will host Olympic qualifications in Split from 29 June to 4 July 2021. This is the epilogue of adjusting the competition calendar between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and qualifying tournaments will be held at the same time in Belgrade (Serbia), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Victoria (Canada) as well.
As we already know, Croatia hosts a pretty strong tournament, and it will play against Brazil and Tunisia in the first group for the semifinals. Russia, Germany and Mexico will play in the second group for the semifinals. The winners of semifinals will enter the finals, and only the winning team from each of the four tournaments will receive an Olympic “visa” for Tokyo Olympics. A total of 12 teams will compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
The agreement on the calendar was necessary, as the International Olympic Committee, after postponing the Tokyo Olympics for one year, set the deadline for completion of all Olympic qualifications on 29 June 2021, while FIBA planned to hold Olympic qualifications from 22 June to 4 July 2021. The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee, however, exceeded the said deadline as well, accepting the FIBA leadership's view that all basketball teams prefer a later term due to additional preparations. (COC/VK)